Curly & Wurly’s Guide to Internet Safety

The SMART way to be online and with electronic communication.

The best advice we can give is always to let your parents know what you are doing on the web.

Keep Safe

Don’t give out your personal information.

Keep your full name, address, mobile number, email address, school name and friends’ full names secret. Otherwise people can use this information to contact you.

Your passwords and nicknames should be secret. If you have to give an online screen name or nickname, never use your real name and try not to use things that are easy to guess like your parents name or a pet’s name.

mobile phoneWhen you send a text or photo message from your mobile, your phone number automatically goes with it. So think carefully, especially before sending photos of yourself or friends from your camera-phone.

Don't meet up

Never meet up with an online friend.

Never arrange to meet an online friend, no matter how well you think you know the other person or however curious you may be.

If you’re determined to meet an online friend you should always tell a parent or teacher and make sure they go with you.

mobile phoneThe same rule applies to friends you meet over your mobile.

 

Accepting emails can be dangerous

Don’t open junk mail.

If they have your email address some websites will send you lots of junk emails trying to sell you things, or messages that make you feel uncomfortable. This is called spamming.

Delete any emails from people or companies that you don’t know. If you open an email that says rude or unpleasant things, you must tell a trusted adult straightaway – and don’t reply to it.

mobile phoneAccepting text messages, or opening links / files on your mobile from people you don’t know can get you into trouble. They may contain nasty pictures or messages, cost you a lot of money, or even change the settings on your phone.

 

Don't meet up

Beware: people might not be who they say they are.

Chats and message boards are fun, but they can also be dangerous because you don’t know who you’re talking to. Remember stranger danger – you should use the same rules when you’re online.

If you’re determined to meet an online friend you should always tell a parent or teacher and make sure they go with you.

mobile phoneSomeone sending you a message on your mobile may not be who they say they are. Information you get in a message, or find while using services on your mobile, might not be reliable.

 

 

Tell someone

Always tell an adult if you feel uncomfortable or worried.

Some message boards and chat rooms have an ‘alert button’ or an email address where you can tell the ‘host’ (who runs the board) that you are upset about something or someone.

Don’t forget you can always log-off and leave the website.

mobile phoneThe same rule applies if you are upset or worried by anything when using your mobile.

 

As all the advice to be given for use on the web is all very similar, we have taken the advice above from the CBBC website.